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Tehran - Iran Hits Back After Chastises On Rights; West Should Look Into Capital Punishment

Published on: October 31, 2014 10:01 AM
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File Photo: Iranian officials at an execution in Tehran. Photograph: Morteza Nikoubazl/ReutersFile Photo: Iranian officials at an execution in Tehran. Photograph: Morteza Nikoubazl/Reuters

Tehran - Iran defended its human rights record on Friday, striking back at the West for its criticism about a woman hanged for murder in an alleged rape case.

Mohammad Javad Larijani, secretary general of Iran’s High Council for Human Rights, was responding to calls from Western powers, including the United States, at a U.N. debate to allow freedoms of expression and religion, as well as their concerns at a rise in executions.

Reyhaneh Jabbari was hanged at dawn on Saturday in Tehran’s Evin prison for the murder of man she said had tried to rape her. The dead man’s relatives refused to grant a reprieve within the 10-day deadline set by sharia law in force since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

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“We were not successful to solicit forgiveness from the hearts of victims. So the execution went on. Though we are very sorry that two nationals lost lives, but capital punishment or ‘qisas’ is a unique particularity of our system. I think it worth Western countries to look into it,” Larijani said.

“The idea that only good things in western community - the ‘West and the rest’ - this is a very destructive idea of human rights,” he told the Geneva forum holding a regular review of Iran’s record.



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 Oct 31, 2014 at 10:34 AM yankee96 Says:

WESTERN COUNTRIES SHOULD DEFINITELY OPT FOR THIS ESPECIALLY WHEN DEALING WITH TERRORISTS AT HOME AND ABROAD

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 Oct 31, 2014 at 12:25 PM bubii Says:

Theese iranian lunatics love to kill at every opportunity they get,the whole government relies are terror and fear,i would say they are like iraq was under saddam hussein they were called the republic of fear,the only way they can keep their own people under their control.

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 Oct 31, 2014 at 01:40 PM skeptic Says:

careful, because the book you live by endorses capital punishments for acts as petty as carrying sticks on saturday.

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 Oct 31, 2014 at 03:03 PM Out of Context Says:

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skeptic Says:

careful, because the book you live by endorses capital punishments for acts as petty as carrying sticks on saturday.

Chochom fun der Mah Nishtanoh, when was the last time the Sanhedrin of 71 executed a person?
Also, this is quoted out of context. To actually execute a M'challeil Shabbos, you would require Kosher Eidim, Hasro'oh and the M'lochoh done Toich K'dei Dibur AND the Beis Din would have to be unable to find a technicality to exonerate the person. So rare, in fact, that the G'moroh says that a Beis Din which kills 2 people less than 70 years apart is considered bloodthirsty.
You should be ashamed of yourself for being Moitzi Laaz on our Toiroh HaK'doishoh.

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 Oct 31, 2014 at 04:06 PM Rafuel Says:

To give them their dues, these Iranians are sometimes right. We do need to exercise capital punishment much more widely. There are thousands of criminals deserving of death at any given time in the last 40 years or so and we either don't sentence them to death or let them appeal until they are old men. The appeal process must be streamlined so that the sentenced are killed in a timely fashion - at most a year after the original sentence.

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